One of Rick's employees (all full time) had to leave the area for ten weeks on personal business. It could not be helped. It was going to be a hardship and getting another job would have been extremely difficult for this person.
Rick held the job open for ten weeks and hired temporary people in order to keep the space when his emplyee returned. This act of kindness cost Rick an additional 30% in salary that he normally pays. As a small business owner, this was not an easy thing to do. But he did it anyway as he knew how much it would mean to the man's family to have the security of knowing he would have work.
For Rick, there was no question when the issue came up. It was the right thing to do and he did it. When so many businesses lay people off for any reason, it is refreshing to know that there are still people who will stand by their employees when the "going gets touch."